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Everything You Need To Know About Double-Breasted Suits

4th July 2023

When it comes to timeless menswear, few garments can rival the allure and sophistication of the double-breasted suit. This sartorial masterpiece has graced the shoulders of style icons and gentlemen of distinction for decades. It exudes an air of refinement and confidence. In this exploration of the double-breasted suit, we will look at its

  • rich history
  • decode its anatomy
  • discuss suitable occasions
  • and offer styling tips


Originating in the early 19th century, the double-breasted suit quickly became a symbol of sartorial elegance. Its defining feature lies in the front closure, which consists of two parallel columns of buttons, overlapping each other. This unique configuration not only enhances the visual appeal but also provides a structured and flattering silhouette. The number of buttons can vary, typically ranging from four to six. The classic six-button style being the most traditional. 


An essential aspect of wearing a double-breasted suit is understanding its anatomy. The lapels play a crucial role in defining its character. Peak lapels, with their pointed and upwardly angled edges, create a striking and bold statement, perfect for formal occasions. On the other hand, notch lapels, which have a more subtle V-shaped indentation. It offers a versatile and understated elegance suitable for both formal and business settings. 


Choosing the right fabric is equally important in crafting the perfect double-breasted suit ensemble. For formal events, a solid-coloured suit in navy, charcoal, or black is a safe choice. These classic hues exude sophistication and timelessness, ensuring you make a lasting impression. However, for a more relaxed affair, consider experimenting with different patterns and textures. Tweed, herringbone, or even linen fabrics can add depth and character to your outfit, allowing you to stand out while still maintaining an elegant aura. There is no wrong step with double-breasted suits. The sophistication of the shape means it can be perfectly balanced, complemented or matched with just about any colour. See the peach herringbone suit we created for Brisbane Fashion Festival in 2022. 


When it comes to pairing your double-breasted suit, consider the occasion and desired level of formality.  

  • For formal events, a crisp white dress shirt is a staple, paired with a solid-coloured or subtly patterned tie. Complete the look with a pocket square in a complementary colour. A well-tailored waistcoat can also be a stylish addition, providing an extra layer of sophistication. 
  • For a more business-oriented setting, a light blue or pale pink dress shirt offers a refined and professional touch. Consider adding a tie in a complementary shade or pattern and opt for a pocket square that complements the overall colour scheme. Remember, attention to detail is crucial, so ensure your accessories, such as cufflinks and tie bars, are tastefully selected to add that extra touch of finesse. 


As for trousers, the double-breasted suit calls for a clean and tailored fit. The pants should sit comfortably at your waist, without sagging or pulling, and fall with a slight break at the shoes. Pleats or a flat front are both acceptable, depending on your preference and body type. 


To complete your double-breasted suit ensemble, carefully select your footwear and accessories. Classic choices such as Oxford or Derby shoes in black or brown leather work seamlessly with formal and business attire. For a more casual setting, consider brogues or loafers in suede or contrasting colours. 

Finally. . . 

Remember, wearing a double-breasted suit is not merely about donning a stylish garment; it's about embracing an attitude and embodying confidence. Stand tall, shoulders back, and exude the poise that befits this timeless attire. 


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